The Georgia Bulldogs return 13 starters from a 10-win season last year including Heisman hopeful running back Nick Chubb. The Bulldogs welcome in new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and new starting quarterback and Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert in 2015. The Bulldogs have only lost one season home opener in Mark Richt’s tenure which came in 2011 versus South Carolina.
The ULM Warhawks welcome back 14 starters from a disappointing 4-8 2014 campaign and will look to turn those numbers around in the Sun Belt this year.
The Bulldogs and ULM last met in 2005 with Georgia winning 44-7.
ULM at Georgia
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET (Saturday)
TV Channel: SEC Network
Spread: UGA -35
Three Things to Watch
1. The Nick Chubb Show
For the first time in 2015 we will get to see Heisman hopeful Nick Chubb on the football field. Chubb performed brilliantly in place of Todd Gurley last year and finished the season as one of the top running backs in the nation. With Georgia breaking in a new quarterback in Greyson Lambert, expect to see a ton of running plays on Saturday and most of those in the first half will be going to Chubb.
2. Year 2 of the Jeremy Pruitt Defense
This will be the first time in his short career that we will get to see a Jeremy Pruitt led defense in its second year, as he only spent one year at FSU. Pruitt had an up and down season last year in Athens but gets most of his playmakers back and then some. This Georgia defense could be one of the best in the SEC but only time will tell. We probably won’t see the bulk of that defense on Saturday but should get a taste of what Pruitt will do with seniors Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins as both will take on multiple roles in 2015.
3. Greyson Lambert
Though I don’t expect to see Lambert throw a ton in this game, I do expect to see Schottenheimer put him in situations where he has to make good decisions. Remember, South Carolina comes to town in a couple of weeks and the Bulldogs cannot afford questions about their starting quarterback to continue. Lambert will need to show that he can command the offense and not make bad decisions. Better teams will load the box and make Lambert beat them by throwing the ball. Might as well practice that now and not wait for it to happen later down the road.
Georgia wins big here. The Bulldogs are just too deep on offense and too skilled on defense to let ULM upset them. The Bulldogs will run three different running backs that could all rush for 100 yards against this defense. The Bulldogs should be able to run plenty of young guys early in this game to give them more practice as this game will probably be over by the second quarter.
Prediction: Georgia 45, ULM 10
— Written by Justin Nails, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @justinnails